Submission of Abstracts

Abstract Preparation Guide

Students are invited to present some aspect of their scholarly and creative work at the symposium through oral presentations, poster displays, exhibitions, panels, or performances.

Abstracts must include sufficient information for reviewers to judge the nature and significance of the topic, the adequacy of the investigative strategy, the nature of the results, and the conclusions. The abstract should summarize the substantive results of the work and not merely list topics to be discussed. An abstract is an outline/brief summary of your paper and your whole project. It should have an intro, body and conclusion. It is a well-developed paragraph, should be exact in wording, and must be understandable to a wide audience. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. Abstracts highlight major points of your research and explain why your work is important; what your purpose was, how you went about your project, what you learned, and what you concluded.


Abstract Writing Workshop: 


  • Friday, February 7, 12:00-1:00 pm
    Introduction to Abstract Writing
    This mini workshop will introduce students to the basic conventions of abstract writing. We will look at models from prior Research and Creative Works Symposium and break down the parts of an abstract. Light lunch provided.


  • Friday, February 21, 12:00-1:00 pm
    Abstract Review Workshop
    This workshop is for writers who would like peer feedback on their Research and Creative Works Symposium abstracts prior to submission. Please bring a full draft for review. Light lunch provided.


Both workshops will be held in the Debby Ellis Writing Center  (The A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library, Rm 111) and hosted by Dr. Jennifer Marciniak, Director of the Debby Ellis Writing Center.


Center for Integrative Learning staff are available to visit classes to share more information about the conference. 

Depending on the needs of the class, these visits can serve a few different purposes, including explaining the benefits of participating in the conference, showing students how to register, inviting students to attend the conference, and answering any other questions students might have (classroom visits should last no more than 5 minutes with Q&A). If you would like for someone to visit your classroom and share RCWS information please send an email to Ben Belz <>.


If there are symbols within your abstract, they may not submit properly through the system. If this is a concern for you, please also submit your abstract through e-mail in a word document to Ben Belz,